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Carolina Cobras To Hold Public Tryouts

Posted December 18, 2001 3:21 a.m. EST

— Do you think you've got what it takes to play professional football? Now is your chance. Lace up your cleats and get ready for the workout of your life.

The Carolina Cobras, the Raleigh-based team in the 16-year old Arena Football League, will hold open tryouts on Saturday, January 12 at the club's training facility on the NC State Fairgrounds. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with testing for kickers starting at 9 a.m. All other positions will begin testing at 10 a.m.

Participants will be tested in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 20-yard short shuttle run and individual position drills. Tryouts will take place indoors at Dorton Arena. Players are required to bring their own shoes (turf and/or tennis shoes are recommended), shorts and accessories.

"This gives us an opportunity to take a look at some of the local talent," Cobras head Coach Mike Neu said. "This area of the country is full of high-caliber football players and you never know what you are going to find. Hopefully we can find a diamond in the rough."

Pre-registration is $40 and includes registration fee, workout shirt and lunch. Pre-registration fees may be paid in cash, check or money order. To pre-register, log on to www.cobrasfootball.com and download the registration forms. Registration fee the day of the event is $50 (cash or money order only).

Training camp is set to kickoff on March 24. Carolina opens the preseason on Friday, March 29 with a visit to the San Jose SaberCats. The Cobras conclude their preseason slate on Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m. with a home game against the Chicago Rush at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Carolina opens the 2002 regular season against the expansion Dallas Desperados on Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. at the ESA.